FRM has supported and played a major role in the establishment of Growing Forth – a locally based social enterprise that aims to create work place opportunities for members of society who struggle to get onto the employment ladder. This includes people recovering from addiction or mental health issues or youngsters out of school but with no idea what they want to do career-wise.
Growing Forth has been working to preserve the market gardening heritage of East Lothian by keeping a traditional market garden going, this year the plot the 2 acre veg patch will be at the Knowes Farm Shop. Carrots, onions, parsnips, cabbages and many other varieties of vegetables are grown and members of the public can get involved through ’graft for grub’ sessions where they help with weeding and harvesting and get paid with veg. The organisation also runs a commercial food waste collection uplifting food waste from local cafes and restaurants that it sends to be made in to green electricity and fertiliser for local farms.
The Law Community Garden- In 2010 FRM donated a substantial amount of compost and soil to help enable the creation of a new community garden by North Berwick Law, the material was used to form 15 mini allotments for community groups and individuals from the town to grow fruit and vegetables. Upward Mobility, a charity that provide training and supported opportunities for individuals with learning difficulties have a number of beds and through the growing season they run sessions there, with the people involved helping to tend the plants and often going home with a tasty bag of veg as reward for their efforts.
Planet Play is a local organisation that is transforming The Law Primary School in North Berwick’s playground into a more exciting environment for pupils to spend their break times, FRM has donated compost and timber to be used in various areas and projects.
Free compost to schools and charities in conjunction with East Lothian, Midlothian and Edinburgh Council, as part of FRM’s contract with the aforementioned Councils we committed to donate up to 100m3 of compost per year to a range of educational and charitable organisations. Many schools and community groups have benefited from this scheme over the last few years. FRM can deliver the compost in big bulk builders bags or smaller 40l bags, there is a small delivery fee and a charge for the packaging, however organisations are welcome to pick up loose compost direct from our compost sites for which there is no charge at all. If you represent a community or educational based organisation and would like some of the compost available please contact your local council waste and recycling department.